Music Features

Now Is the Time
12:26 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Elusive Dreams on Now Is the Time

It’s all whispers and shadows on Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 28th at 9 pm. Deliciously riffing on Shakespeare takes us to where comedy, tears, and romance meet, in Daron Hagen’s Much Ado for orchestra. JG Thirlwell produces sweeping cinematic drama in his Brooklyn studio with 10 Ton Shadow, and the glorious sounds of Chanticleer revolve William Byrd around Walt Whitman’s “Whispers of Heavenly Death” in Whispers by Steven Stucky.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project performs Lewis Spratlan’s Apollo and Daphne Variations, an extensive metamorphosis on the myth of change to escape predation. Carleton Macy closes the program with Elusive Dreams for saxophone quartet.

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Philadelphia Music Makers
3:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Ernest Stuart: Trombonist On A Mission

Ernest Stuart

"From the first time I saw a live performance, I knew that I had to do that."

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
5:59 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Eschenbach Returns, Montone Plays Strauss: The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, March 1st at 1 PM

Jennifer Montone

Join us on Sunday, March 1st at 1 pm for The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI. In this January, 2015 concert, Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Orchestra music director from 2003 to 2008, returns to Verizon Hall to lead this all-German program. And the Orchestra’s principal horn Jennifer Montone plays the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1.

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Crossover
10:44 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein on Crossover

Alisa Weilerstein. Photo credit: Decca c Robin Thomson

The New York Times calls Alisa Weilerstein the "sovereign of the American cello," and continue, "it’s not technical brilliance that makes Alisa Weilerstein’s recording of Dvorak’s much-loved cello concerto special, though the young American cellist has it in spades. It’s the take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar, but never more so than in the heart-wrenching slow movement, where Ms. Weilerstein’s cello appears to take on human shape."

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Crossover
10:22 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Michael Stairs: The Organist's Organist

Michael Stairs at the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Verizon Hall. Photo credit: Doug Blackman

When Michael Stairs sits at the organ console, the result is nothing but perfection. He is indeed the organist's organist. Stairs has been organist for The Philadelphia Orchestra since his appointment by Riccardo Muti in 1985. He taught at the Haverford School for 25 years and was beloved by his students. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he also holds an Artist's Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Now Is the Time
9:20 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Many Times on Now Is the Time

Ancia Saxophone Quartet

Everything's numbered on Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 21st at 9 pm. Rudy Davenport comes up with Seven Innocent Dances for harpsichord, and for piano are the Bagatelles of Paul Chihara, subtitled Twice Seven Haiku.

The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs David Bixler's Heptagon, and Joel Chadabe electronically modifies the playing of Esther Lamneck on the tarógató, the Hungarian single-reed instrument related to the saxophone, in Many Times Esther. Lucas Ligeti writes about three places he's visited in Triangulation, for the electronic percussion instrument called marimba lumina.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:19 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Bramwell Tovey and Alison Balsom Headline Philadelphia Orchestra Broadcast on WRTI: Feb. 15 at 1 PM

British conductor, composer, and pianist Bramwell Tovey

Join us this Sunday, February 15th for WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. You'll hear a performance from this past December, 2014 that saw British composer, conductor, and pianist Bramwell Tovey performing in all three roles!

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Philadelphia Music Makers
3:28 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Warren Oree's Lifelong Arpeggio

Bassist Warren Oree

Growing up, Warren "Butch" Oree never had dreamed of becoming a musician. Though jazz was a constant presence in both his home life and social activities, the thought of actually getting on stage didn't cross his mind until he wandered into a music shop in his mid-twenties.

Upon learning that Oree had a long-standing interest in the upright bass that he had never pursued, the shop keeper, James Mitchell, accused him of cowardice - one thing that Oree, who was then a respected gang member, deeply resented.

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Philadelphia Music Makers
5:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Musical Heart of Michelle Cann

Pianist Michelle Cann

Pianist Michelle Cann's musical evolution started early.

Her father, the music teacher at the local parochial elementary school, made sure that she had ample access to experiment from a young age.

At seven years old, Cann began piano lessons in earnest, hoping to become as successful with the instrument as her older sister, who had been taking lessons for years.

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Now Is the Time
8:43 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Ice Canyons

It's ice and echoes on Now Is the Time, Saturday, January 31st at 9 pm Eastern on the all-classical stream at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Figure-skating and Stravinsky inspire Joan Tower's gliding Petroushskates, and Allen Ginsberg narrates his own poem in Echorus by Philip Glass, for two violins and strings. From the CD Winter is Eric Ewazen's Elegia, for trumpet and piano.

The Tibetan Heart Mantra is at the center of Echoes by Paul Fowler, for the women of The Crossing, and Peru echoes in the harpsichord work by Kent Holliday, Dances from Colca Canyon. Barton McLean runs environmentalist John Muir's descriptions of glaciers through his own software to construct Ice Canyons. The echoes of minimalism by way of Steve Reich close out the program, in this recording of New York Counterpoint arranged by saxophonist Dave Camwell for his CD Time Scape.

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